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Computational Science is widely recognized as a critical means to solving many of today’s most challenging problems.  The analysis and knowledge gained from working with the incredible data explosion produced by massive experiments, observations and computer generated models is leading to solutions at an unimagined pace. Data-Intensive discovery (the fourth paradigm of scientific research), and Multi Scale Interdisciplinary  approaches are becoming more prevalent in the way that Science and Engineering is generating...

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“Diversifying Amazon Recommendations” Pizza Seminar Series Friday 2/17/17

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“Diversifying Amazon Recommendations” Pizza Seminar Series Friday 2/17/17

Dr. Houssam Nassif, machine learning scientist from amazon.com, will be presenting two recently published papers: 1) Diversifying Music Recommendations (ICML'16 Workshop) uses submodular diversity to significantly improve Prime Music App recommendations quality and user engagement. 2) Adaptive, Personalized Diversity for Visual Discovery (RecSys'16 Best Short Paper Award) describes Amazon Stream's seasonal, personalized and diversified recommendation framework. Amazon Stream (http://www.amazon.com/stream/), a new website for fashion discovery, uses Bayesian regression to score products, balances exploration and exploitation, applies submodularity to diversify recommendations, and learns seasonal and personalized weights to produce the final recommended personalized stream.   Open to UM Faculty/Staff/Students, this is a special edition of the Pizza Seminar Series to be held on Friday 2/17/17, 2:30-3:30 PM, in the Cox Science Building, Room 42, 1301 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146.   This seminar is jointly sponsored by the Department of Computer Science, Neuroscience, and the Center for Computational Science.  No RSVP required....

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Register Now for the Inaugural SMART CITIES MIAMI Conference February 23 & 24

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Register Now for the Inaugural SMART CITIES MIAMI Conference February 23 & 24

  The University of Miami brings cutting-edge research in urban planning, architecture, and engineering—in alignment with computational resources and analytical expertise—to aid in the design and development of more sustainable, livable, and resilient cities. This conference gathers leaders in academia, professional practice, and industry to examine the Smart Cities phenomenon in relation to emerging trends and technology. The focus is on infrastructure and the built environment, as well as new potentials for business and governance. Join us on Thursday, February 23rd, for a keynote talk by Dr. Antoine Picon (Harvard University Graduate School of Design), panel discussions, and networking. #smartcitiesmiamiconference This Conference is jointly organized by the Center for Computational Science and the School of Architecture, and will be hosted in the Miami Design District at the Moore Building, 191 NE 40th Street, Miami, FL 33137. Parking:  Valet parking is available.   Day 1 - February 23   1:00 PM Welcome Address Panel Discussions Technology and the City Datafication and the City New Services and Experiences 5:30 PM Keynote Speaker   Day 2 - February 24   (Participation is by invitation only.) 8:30 AM-2:00 PM   Zenciti Workshop : Designing a smart city in Yucatán Zenciti is a project for a smart city in Yucatan designed from the ground up by an multi-disciplinary team based at the University of Miami. The workshop introduces the project for the first time to experts, entrepreneurs, and potential industry partners for input in the implementation process.   $30.00 USD  | Download Flyer | Conference Program   Please click here to apply for a demo station at the Smart Cities Miami Conference Day 1.   Refund Policy All registration cancellations and refund requests must be submitted by close of business Thursday, February 16, 2017.  To cancel an order and request a refund, send an email to  ccsadministration@miami.edu providing the following information:  (1) Purchaser’s name, email address, and contact number;  (2) Event name;  (3) Refund amount. Privacy Statement Your privacy is very important to us. Simply stated, our policy is to collect no personally identifiable information about you when you visit our website unless you actively choose to make such information available to us.  Click here for full details of UM's Privacy Statement and how we collect, use and/or share information gathered by our websites.   Keynote Speaker Antoine Picon, Director of Research, Harvard Graduate School of Design   Dr. Picon is the G. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology and Director of Research at the GSD. He teaches courses in the history and theory of architecture and technology. He is also Director of Research at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris. Trained as an engineer, architect, and historian, Dr. Picon works on the history of architectural and urban technologies from the eighteenth century to the present. He has published extensively on this subject. His three most recent books are dealing extensively with the changes brought to cities and architecture by the development of digital tools and digital culture. Digital Culture in Architecture: An Introduction for the Design Profession (2010) offers a comprehensive overview of this important transition. Ornament: The Politics of Architecture and Subjectivity (2013) focuses on the "return" of ornament in digital architecture to further the investigation. Finally, Smart Cities: A Spatialised Intelligence (2015) discusses its impact on cities. Dr. Picon has received a number of awards...

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90 Years After Grand Opening Biltmore Hotel to be Born Again in 3D

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90 Years After Grand Opening Biltmore Hotel to be Born Again in 3D

  An interdisciplinary approach at CCS is using drones and mapping to view historic buildings in 3D.   The 26-story tower of the historic Biltmore Hotel (pictured at right) rises majestically into the sky over Coral Gables. Visible for miles, it's an icon, a landmark on the National Historic Register, and a lush and ornate example of classic Spanish colonial influences in Mediterranean Revival architectural style. Now, 90 years after its grand opening, it's about to be born again in virtual 3-D, thanks to an innovative use of drones and revolutionary developments in mapping technologies created at the University of Miami. The project is the brainchild of CCS Member and Assistant Professor Karen R. Mathews  (Department of Art and Art History), involving a collaboration between UM faculty and students across a variety of disciplines, the City of Coral Gables, and historically-minded members of the community. The ongoing project began in the Spring 2016 semester with a detailed analysis of three historic 1920s buildings: the Coral Gables Congregational Church, the Church of the Little Flower, and The Biltmore Hotel (L-R above). “I wanted buildings that had rich architectural detail – sculpture, three-dimensional ornamentation – so that we could see how effective our 3-D modeling technologies would be in capturing a complex architectural exterior and facade,” Mathews said. Then came the wizardry of the Software Engineering team from CCS and a mix of standard digital photography and picture-taking drones flying in precisely regimented patterns—creating thousands upon thousands of high-quality photos that are brought together through the technique of photogrammetry to form a mesh known as a point cloud. “The virtue of the cloud is that one can experience this building as a three-dimensional model by animating it, moving it, circulating around it, spinning it on its axis,” Mathews said. “But then, once again from my perspective as an architectural historian, it has to be able to zoom in and get incredibly detailed images of architectural detail—of ornamentation, of decorative sculpture, of figurative sculpture. And that's what this technique really has allowed us to do.” The team added three additional buildings for the fall semester – the Coral Gables Preparatory Academy, the Coco Plum Woman’s Club, and the Colonnade Building (L-R below). Eventually, she hopes to create a web-based experience that allows users to interact with the map and view and learn about the buildings through photographs, videos, and the 3-D models. She also foresees an app-based approach that could offer on-site audio tours during real-world visits to the structures. "But that", Mathews said, “is not the end. This is only one stop, I guess you could say, in a cumulative, additive, and collaborative process that will, hopefully, just keep going.”   SOURCE:  "A Recreation of the Real World" by Carlos Harrison | UM eNews...

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Mapping Informal Cities mixes Activism and Architecture

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Mapping Informal Cities mixes Activism and Architecture

Children play soccer barefoot on a dirt field, and when they aren’t imitating the flamboyant striking and passing skills of their country’s greatest footballers, they roam neighborhood streets, playing other games or sometimes just looking for something to eat.  If not for the efforts of a woman named Julia, many of them would go hungry. A 50-something community elder with an energetic spirit, Julia helps keep their bellies full, working with a group of other women to prepare meals that feed as many as 100 kids a day. Life in some parts of Las Flores (Google aerial view at left)—a 5-square-mile shantytown near Barranquilla, Colombia,—often presents a multitude of challenges. Food can be hard to come by; sewage, water, and electrical systems are nonexistent in most areas; and residents build shotgun-style homes with whatever materials they can find—in this case, mostly wood. The local governments where slums like Las Flores are located see these places as eyesores, electing to leave them off official maps. But two University of Miami School of Architecture professors, Carie Penabad and Adib Cure, believe slums should not only be recognized, but also given the assistance they need. So with tools as simple and archaic as pencil and paper, and as advanced and high-tech as camera-equipped drones, the husband-and-wife team has made its mission to map some of the poorest and most vulnerable places in the world.   They started in 2006, using traditional surveying techniques to map the slum of Shakha near Mumbai, India. The following year, they traveled to the Cape Town, South Africa township of Langa to map the informal settlement of Joe Slovo, one of the largest slums in that country. “Then we realized something,” recalls Penabad.   “We’re based in Miami, and we’re traveling to the other side of the world to study these informal settlements, when, in fact, we have at our doorstep Latin America and the Caribbean, where an urban population is growing. So why not turn our focus closer to home.”   And they did, beginning with Las Flores. For every spring semester between 2008 and 2015, Penabad and Cure have taken students from their School of Architecture upper-level design studio, and starting two years ago, software engineers from UM’s Center for Computational Science, to this 60-year-old settlement to map its 75 neighborhood blocks and seven barrios. While CCS engineers operated the drones that produced highly detailed aerial maps of Las Flores, Penabad, Cure, and their students walked the streets, studying the slum’s building and construction patterns, peering into its simple wood and clay brick homes, observing neighborhood social interactions, and talking with some of the 10,000 residents who live there—all as part of an extensive effort to better understand the settlement’s structure and inner workings and, perhaps, help cure what ails it. “When these cities that are literally off the map are documented and studied, you begin to not only understand them but get a much bigger picture of their problems,” said Penabad. “Where would it make the most sense to bring in water and sewer lines? Where are they disconnected in terms of transportation? Where would it make the most sense to build a medical clinic? The potential for progress becomes more tangible and possible when you can see everything mapped out.” Penabad compares the maps to...

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Notification: Pegasus Upgrades & Maintenance 12/16-19

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Notification: Pegasus Upgrades & Maintenance 12/16-19

CCS storage systems are scheduled for maintenance from Friday, December 16, 2016 through Monday, December 19, 2016.   During this time we will be completing the installation of additional storage controllers.   CCS systems and services will be unavailable for this duration, including:   Pegasus | Pegasus compute cluster Visx | RSMAS visualization systems Apollo |  RSMAS compute cluster CCS CIFS | Windows network shares on //sx1.ccs.miami.edu, //cifs.ccs.miami.edu CCS NFS | NFS shares on pilot, sailor, sweng backups  CCS Gateway | File transfer service on gw.ccs.miami.edu:  globus, lincsportal, sftp Please plan your work accordingly, and thank you for your patience. hpc@ccs.miami.edu...

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CCS presents poster at San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 12/6-10/16

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CCS presents poster at San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 12/6-10/16

This Symposium is designed to provide state-of-the-art information on the experimental biology, etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of breast cancer and premalignant breast disease, to an international audience of academic and private physicians and researchers involved in breast cancer in medical, surgical, gynecologic, and radiation oncology, as well as to other appropriate health care professionals. The scientific program consists of plenary lectures and mini-symposia by experts in clinical and basic research; selected slide and poster presentations chosen from the submitted abstracts; educational sessions, award lectures, panel and case discussions and forums.  One of the poster presentations will be "Genome-wide identification of transcripts regulated by estrogen in MCF-7 cells using BrU-seq." by J. Sun, Marc E. Lippman, and CCS's Camilo Valdes, Enrico Capobianco, and Nicholas Tsinoremas.   Citation:  Sun, C. Valdes, E. Capobianco, N. Tsinoremas, M.E. Lippman. Genome-wide identification of transcripts regulated by estrogen in MCF-7 cells using BrU-seq. San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Poster. Dec 6-10,...

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Pizza Seminar Series on Using Data Ensembles Wednesday 11/30/2016

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Pizza Seminar Series on Using Data Ensembles Wednesday 11/30/2016

This is another in the Department of Computer Science Pizza Seminar Series.   "Exploring the Potential of Data Depth for Uncertainty Characterization and Visualization of Ensembles"   Wednesday, November 30th 2016, 5:00 p.m., UB230 by Dr. Mahsa Mirzargar, Department of Computer Science, University of Miami.   When computational models or predictive simulations are used, researchers, analysts and decision makers are not only interested in understanding the data but also interested in understanding the uncertainty present in the data as well. In such situations, using ensembles is a common approach to account for the uncertainty, and explore the possible outcomes of a model. Visualization as an integral component of data-analysis task can significantly facilitate the communication of the characteristics of an ensemble including uncertainty information. In this talk, I will introduce novel ensemble visualization paradigms based on the generalization of conventional univariate boxplots and the concept of data depth. Generalizations of boxplot provide an intuitive yet rigorous approach to studying variability and descriptive features of an ensemble. The nonparametric nature of this type of analysis makes it an advantageous approach to study uncertainty in various applications ranging from image analysis to fluid simulation to weather and climate modeling. Refreshments will be served beforehand at 4:30 p.m. in the reception area of the 3rd floor of the Ungar building, 1365 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 ( map/directions...

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iNeuro: Preparing a workforce for the Big Data Tsunami, Will Grisham TALK 1/6/17

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iNeuro: Preparing a workforce for the Big Data Tsunami, Will Grisham TALK 1/6/17

Computational data analysis skills have crossed over from niche to mainstream. Join us Friday, January 6, 2017,  from 12:00 to 1:00 PM in the Lois Pope 7th floor auditorium, for a seminar by William Grisham, formerly at NSF and currently at UCLA, who developed the iNeuro Project, an effort to prepare a workforce to meet the challenge of large-scale data in neuroscience. LOCATION Lois Pope Life Center, 1095 NW 14th Terrace (map), Miami, FL 33136.  Click here for directions & parking. If you are interested in lunch with the speaker, please email CCS Director of Engagement, Athina Hadjixenofontos at ahadjixenofontos@miami.edu by January 3rd with “Grisham Seminar” in the subject line.   This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Neuroscience and the Center for Computational Science.          ...

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BIG DATA Lunch & Learn with Zongjun Hu, PhD, Thursday 12/01/16

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BIG DATA Lunch & Learn with Zongjun Hu, PhD, Thursday 12/01/16

Process Big Data on Bigfoot Hadoop Cluster: Load and Query Speaker  Zongjun Hu, PhD, Lead, Big Data, UM CCS Advanced Computing Thursday, 12/01/2016, 12:00-1:00 PM  |  Light lunch will be provided:  Please RSVP to ccsadministration@miami.edu. Location  Coral Gables Campus MEA202, McArthur Engineering Annex, 1251 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 (map/directions). Abstract   Relational Database Manage System (RDBMS) had been a perfect solution for data warehouse and analytics. However the skyrocketing big data is changing the market significantly. The traditional technologies cannot keep up with the big data. Majority of the data is generated from wide range of sources and it is no longer structured data only. Its volume has gone way beyond the capability of RDBMS. It also has been generated in very high velocity, which basically cannot be handled by traditional technologies.   CCS Advanced Computing has developed a new big data platform ready for university faculty, staff, and students. The Bigfoot Hadoop cluster has made big data collection and processing possible. It provides user friendly interfaces to allow users to load, process, and query big data easily and efficiently. In this lunch-and-learn session, Dr. Zongjun Hu will first introduce several big data technologies behind the interfaces, and then demonstrate the general procedures to communicate with the cluster and utilize it for big data discovery research.   This event is open to: UM Faculty, Staff, and Students.  ...

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Register Now – 2017 Digital Humanities + Data Journalism Symposium

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Register Now – 2017 Digital Humanities + Data Journalism Symposium

  Digital Humanists and Data Journalists face common challenges, opportunities, and goals, such as how to communicate effectively with the public. They use similar software tools, programming languages, and techniques, and they can learn from each other. Join us for lectures and tutorials about shared data types, visualization methods, and data communication—including text visualization, network diagrams, maps, databases, and data wrangling. In addition to the scheduled content, there will be opportunities for casual conversation and networking.   September 14-16, 2017   University of Miami, Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146.   $99.00 USD   Refund Policy All registration cancellations and refund requests must be submitted by close of business Monday, August 14, 2017.  To cancel an order and request a refund, send an email to  ccsadministration@miami.edu providing the following information:  (1) Purchaser’s name, email address, and contact number;  (2) Event name;  (3) Refund amount.   Privacy Statement Your privacy is very important to us. Simply stated, our policy is to collect no personally identifiable information about you when you visit our website unless you actively choose to make such information available to us.  Click here for full details of UM's Privacy Statement and how we collect, use and/or share information gathered by our websites.   For more information on the DH+DJ Symposium, email dhdj.info@miami.edu.  ...

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